Music on the Hill (MOTH), Ages 8-18

Music on the Hill (MOTH), Ages 8-18

July 1-19: 1, 2, or 3 weeks!

Looking for a unique summer music program? MOTH is perfect for music students in middle school or high school in Belmont and the greater Boston area hoping to work on their instruments before the fall!


What is Music on the Hill?

Music on the Hill (MOTH) is a three-week chamber music program offering a well-rounded curriculum of daily orchestra rehearsals, musicianship classes, electives, and private lessons. MOTH students play in two chamber ensembles, weekly solo recitals, and the MOTH orchestra, and can explore new genres of music through jazz and fiddle electives. The program ends with performances by all ensembles.

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program provides leadership experience for students ages 16-18. CIT students assist with activities throughout the day, and have daily rehearsal and coaching time within their CIT ensembles.

The MOTH program is designed for motivated intermediate to advanced instrumentalists who are eager to have fun making music with others. MOTH faculty members are well-known for their experience and success with young people at this formative and decisive stage of musical development. Participants come away with a heightened musical awareness, new friendships, and an enthusiastic interest in being part of future chamber music ensembles and orchestras.


MOTH 2019

Ages 8-18 & Counselors-in-Training (CITs) Ages 16-18

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm; Late pick-up option available!


  • MOTH (2 weeks): July 1-12, 2019 (no July 4)
  • Mini-MOTH (1 week): July 15-19, 2019

Register for one, or both, sessions!


  • MOTH Faculty concert: Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue
  • Session 1 chamber concert: Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue
  • Session 1 orch/jazz/fiddle concert: Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm, All Saints' Church, 17 Clark Street
  • Session 2 final concert (all ensembles): Friday, July 19, 6:30 pm, First Church, 404 Concord Avenue

Core Faculty & Staff (subject to change):

MOTH Artistic Director: Dr. Meghan Jacoby
MOTH Program Manager: Dr. Spencer Aston

Masterclass teachers:

  • Maria Finkelmeier - Founder/Director of Kadence Arts, percussionist, composer, called a "one-woman dynamo" by the Boston Globe
  • Eugene Kim - MIT/NEC Prep faculty, cellist, chamber coach

Daniel Acsadi, guitar
Spencer Aston, trumpet, recreation
Judy Bedford, bassoon, clarinet
Todd Brunel, clarinet, saxophone, Jazz Improvisation
Ben Fox, oboe
Andrew Goodridge, piano, accompaniment
Meghan Jacoby, flute
Ellery Klein, fiddle
Guan-Ting Ku, violin
Colleen McGary-Smith, cello
Dimitar Petkov, viola, violin
Kathryn Rosenbach, piano
Adam Grossman, orchestra conductor


  • MOTH: $1,345 (includes 2 45-minute private lessons)
  • Mini-MOTH: $695 (includes 2 30-minute private lessons)
  • Both Sessions: $1,995 (includes 4 private lessons)
  • Audition fee: $30 (waived for returning MOTH students and currently registered Powers students)
  • Summer Registration fee: $15
  • MOTH Session 1 late pick-up option (4:45-6:00 pm): $85; Mini-MOTH Session 2 late pick-up option (4:45-6:00 pm): $50
  • MOTH CIT tuition: Those selected for the CIT program will receive a 50% scholarship.

For more information about our Policies and Procedures, click here.

Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 8:30–8:45 Student Drop Off
  • 8:45–8:55: Morning Meeting
  • 9:00–10:00: Ensemble 1 Coaching
  • 10:05–11:05: Ensemble 2 Coaching
  • 11:05–11:20: Break
  • 11:25-1:00: Guided practice session with CIT, private lesson, or music elective
  • 1:00-1:25: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30: Afternoon Elective
  • 2:35-3:20 pm: Musicianship
  • 3:25-4:35 pm: Orchestra/Performance Class
  • 4:45 pm: Student Pick-Up


MOTH 2019 Audition Dates:

  • Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Monday, April 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 27, 2:30-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 4, 2:30-5:00 pm

Audition Requirements:
Students are asked to play for approximately 10 minutes. Students should prepare:

  • Portions of 2 contrasting pieces that represent their playing (or two contrasting movements of the same piece
  • 2 scales (of the student’s choice, in as many octaves as possible
  • Students may be asked to sight-read


Audition / Registration Process:

Please complete the following:

1. Pay your $30 Audition Fee (NEW students only) - You will be asked to create an ASAP account if you do not already have one. The audition fee is waived for returning MOTH students and currently registered Powers students. Someone from our staff will reach out to you to schedule an audition time after your payment is complete.
Auditions are now finished. Please check back with us for Summer 2020!

2. Registration & payment (if you are accepted/returning) - If you are a returning MOTH student or if you are accepted after your audition, please complete and submit your registration and tuition payment using the links below. A $500 deposit option is available online (on the payment/checkout page).

Registration for MOTH is now closed. Please check back with us for Summer 2020!


CIT Applicants:

CIT applicants are chosen by teacher recommendation and audition. Please refer to the Counselor-in-Training webpage for application and registration information.


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